Branded Content: The monsoon car care guide for the avid motorist

    Published On Jul 26, 2021 05:45:00 PM

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    Here is a look at 5 areas of your vehicle that you must pay attention to during the rain.

    Moisture and machines are not the best of friends. Monsoon means potholes filled with water, water-logging on the roads, and dampness all around. While the rain offers respite from the scorching summer heat, your vehicle is not exactly happy about it. Here are 5 areas of your vehicle you must pay attention to during the rains.

    Tyres

    Having tyres with a good amount of tread is critical, as the rains render roads wet and slippery. Tyre treads help by diverting water away from the contact patch which also leads to improved grip. Modern tyres come with tread-wear indicators — take a close look at what they have to say.

    Monitor braking system

    Your brakes have to work harder in the rainy season. To prevent braking distances from increasing, check your brake pads — clean them, or replace them if they are worn out. Ensure there is enough braking fluid and that the brake lining is well-lubricated. For motorcycles, clean your drum brakes from the inside and in case of disc brakes, clean the discs and callipers and check the brake fluid.

    Maintain wipers

    Windscreen wipers help in improving visibility. The rubber lining of the wipers is susceptible to wear and tear, so keep a check on its functioning at all speeds. You can also consider adding a small amount of detergent to the wiper washer bottle to clean your windshield effectively.

    Protect the paint

    Apply protective wax polish that causes water to roll off. Door hinges must be greased and also check on the rubber lining on the doors and windows. Exposed metal areas can be sprayed on with an anti-corrosion spray. Do the same with motorcycles which have more exposed metal parts than cars.

    Fix electricals

    Electrical components are particularly vulnerable to moisture-related issues. Fix any loose or unconnected terminals and ensure there are no exposed wires. Carry extra fuses. For electrical terminals, consider applying petroleum jelly to form a protective barrier against moisture. Motorcycles, too, have electricals exposed to the elements. Clean the engine thoroughly, and ensure all your rider aids including the indicators are working fine. Ensure you tighten your side mirrors at regular intervals.

    Cleaning interiors

    Fungi love moisture. Use fabric mats instead of rubber mats and vacuum the car regularly to keep dirt and moisture away. Air out your car in the garage, or the sun if possible. Keep windows down when it is not raining to allow air circulation and prevent growth of fungus.

    Chain-cleaning

    Motorcycle chains gather mud and grime during monsoons. Clean the chain links and lubricate them with engine oil or grease. It is recommended you lubricate your chain every 500 kilometres.

    In addition, make sure your car insurance is up-to-date. You can easily renew car insurance online to enjoy its protective benefits. Also consider availing a long-term car insurance policy to enjoy a lower premium and fewer hassles of having to renew it every year. Consider availing a comprehensive car insurance plan to ensure stress-free, wide coverage.

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